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Grow Your Margins with Outsourcing

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West Hollywood Library

625 N. San Vicente Blvd

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Los Angeles, CA 90069

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Outsourcing. Despite becoming a buzzword in the entrepreneurial community, it is a topic difficult to master. When done properly, though, a business person can seem to have it all: to build higher quality products and services in less time at a lower cost. Come to learn from the experts about how to hone your craft and have more time to spend on the projects you love.


A big thank you to Here Media for offering a subscription to a lucky winner of the raffle. Prizes include a HERE TV one-year subscription and a Premium StartOut Membership.

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Meet the speakers:


Andy Cramer - Co-Founder, CEO, Alternative-spaces, ROI Genius, ExtendATouch

Andy has been in the epicenter of gay life since the 1970s. He has owned and operated ten Headlines stores (three in San Francisco), founded gay.net, and acquired gay.com, building the combined entity to 5.5 million visits in less than seven years. He has been outsourcing 12 years of development to his own platform, ROI Genius, which provides tools that assist community collaboration. His expertise are in assembling large, underserved communities, in retaining and building membership through viral outreach, and in applying supportive technology to monetize community engagement services and products.


Beth Houtrow - Director of Operations, StartOut

Beth oversees membership and operations for the ever-growing StartOut community. She is a talented community builder and project manager with a rich experience in managing diverse teams. Responsible for the 15,000+ StartOut members worldwide, she works closely with the outsourced development team in Ukraine and in San Francisco to accomplish the company's most critical work projects.


Al Farmer - Co-Founder, CIO, COO - Alternative-spaces, ROI Genius, ExtendATouch

Al is a technologist and business applications expert. Formerly with IBM and the Department of Energy, he will talk about the best practices in locating and vetting various outsourcing companies. An early adopter of robotics, he worked for close to four years on speech-to-text and natural language processing. He recently built a User Interface to create programmatic responses.

Alternative Spaces is a business solutions provider that integrates field-tested business protocols with leading-edge technology platforms. His current emphasis is on expanding its involvement with social robotics,, STT, NLP, A.I., IOT and TTS systems.


Francois de Landes - Co-founder, COO Misterbandb

Francois assembled a remote technology team for Misterbandb and will talk about their decision to outsource the company’s technology team in order to focus on sales and marketing. He set up and is managing a core outsourcing team that programs and integrates everything from complicated back-end rental inventory and guest stays to producing IOS and Android apps.

With a community of 130,000 hosts in over 135 countries, Misterbandb is the largest gay hotelier in the world, already raising $13.5 million. Its service helps our community travel more safely and now consists of 40 team members worldwide, including the U.S., France, and Peru.


Nathan Shedroff - Executive Director, Seed Vault, LLC

Nathan is an outsourcing expert. In his current company, he outsourced everything from wallet design to bot technology. On our panel, he will talk about the various skill sets needed within an outsourcing company and how to combine multiple teams to produce the ideal end-product.

Blockchain is going to change everything. So too are Conversational User Interfaces (“CUIs” or "bots") Put the two together and one has a rapidly developing future. Nathan is co-founding Seed Vault Ltd. to develop an economy for authenticated, trusted, and multimodal "bots" with open-source IP that will help developers (and, ultimately, users) build better bots faster.

A pioneer in experience design, Nathan lectures, writes and works on democratizing bots through Blockchain.


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